Acrylic in design and furniture – third part

acrylic and wood table , Empatia lamp by Artemide, “Atmospheres - Architectural Environments, Politecnico student, artist throne by  Silvia Viganò

acrylic and wood table , Empatia lamp by Artemide, “Atmospheres – Architectural Environments, Politecnico student, artist throne by Silvia Viganò

We met, walking around Milan, the Artemide showroom; they propose Inverted Shadows, a new lamp in three versions: wall, floor and suspension; the clear acrylic body accommodates a very small (16X16mm) linear extruded aluminium element, which contains the LED strips. In the second window instead Empatia is to become the main protagonist: a glas bubble that houses a LED light diffused by a cast acrylic rod.

“Coquette” by Silvia Viganò is a funny and original artist throne, made of transparent acrylic with a backrest that is the face of a woman; at the fair exposure we found a table worthy of note, a table that arises from the combination of transparency and brilliancy of acrylics and the naturalness and warmth of wood.

Finally, particular is the use of acrylic glass that the Politecnico di Milano has done to involve his students in the exhibition “Atmospheres – Architectural Environments” in the occasion of this design week.  To every participant students has been made available a transparent acrylic cube of 25 cm per side, without one face.  The guidelines were simple, it was necessary to communicate within this box or on its faces an environmental atmosphere, without specifying much more; so they could talk about an indoor environment, an imaginary space or an outdoor location, etc. This has allowed the designers to create very different and interesting interpretations of their personal environment.





Acrylic in design and furniture – second part

Kartell chair n.4875 and Louis Ghost chairs, Kartell

Kartell chair n.4875 and Louis Ghost chairs, Kartell

We can also recall the success of Kartell, wich made plastics its workhorse proposing it as a valid alternative to glass for its lightness, resistance and cheapness; today this success is still witnessed by one of the wider stand around the Salone del Mobile fair; in this stand the atmosphere that fills you is that of a past yet modern (first successful pieces are the one of the Seventies) and a modern which sometimes remind us the importance of the past (as the famous chair Louis Ghost, with its baroque shapes). Even today, it is enough to take a ride at the Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, or simply at the Fuori Salone (events and exhibitions that animate the entire city of Milan during the design week), to realize that the plastic in all its forms, including PMMA, it is still the unquestioned leader.



Filippo Avalle, art and technology merge

It was in the 70s , at the beginning of his carreer, that this artist began working for a short time at the Castiglione Olona Center Polymer Art:  here he first experieced the use of methacrylate (acrilyc glass), which will become the preferred material of his works; through this material he can overcome the concept of bidimensionality:  methacrylate  is a plastic material with interesting properties of transparency and opacity, therefore able to hide or reveal a space that goes beyond the canvas. His works on acrilyc glass sheet sursprise for the complexity of their cromatics and compositional effects that follow one another through four or five methacrylate sheets; this complexity is obtained by almost fine dust incisions,  thin shapes cut out of acrylic glass and filters attached to the panels with different inclinations that differently capture and refract light. The light and shadow effects are accompanied by colour obtained by the immersion of methacrylate items in a particular heated solution:  the colored liquid penetrates inside the material so that it can’t be damaged by external agents. His experiments with this special material go beyond sculpture and painting, embracing also the world of architecture, with complex architectural compositions with a strong verticality which remind us of symbolic contents typical of Gothic art .

1) light harp: light acrylic and fiber optics sculpture

2) A flower around Gaia: sculptural methacrylate plastic

3) Il riccio: stratigraphic methacrylate  structure with electric motor for the movement

4) Gothic nr 1: stratigraphic methacrylate  structure